When You’re Looking for Care, the Y is There!
Registration is open for the 2024-2025 school year!
Our enrollment process is available year-round! To register or learn more about preschool at the Y, click the link below.
Trusting Relationships, Hands-On Care, and Fun
In our infant and toddler programs, we have implemented a process to ensure our youngest community members form secure, trusting relationships with their caregivers and teachers. Upon enrollment, each youth is assigned a primary caregiver or teacher who remains with the youth until they transition to the next developmental stage and primary class grouping. Our programs are designed to provide hands-on, nurturing relationships with well-trained professionals. Through these connections, the youth learn, move, and have fun!
What to Expect of Y Care
- Highly-qualified & Well-trained Professionals
- Clean, Attractive & Well-equipped Learning Environments
- Healthy & Nutritious Meals and Snacks
- Educational Activities & Experiences Low Adult to Child Ratio
- Developmental Screenings & Assessments
- Supportive Services for Children with Disabilities
- Resources & Referrals for Social Services
- Opportunities for Parent Involvement
- Programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
We’re Supported, You Should Be Too
The Y’s infant and toddler care programs are supported through a variety of funding sources, including:
- Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative Grants
- Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
- Y scholarships, as they are available
- Private Pay
As a first-time parent, I was skeptical about having my son in daycare, but the Y staff made it such an easy transition from being home with mom to being in a learning environment. Teachers and staff have created a safe environment where my son can learn and show his personality. I honestly could have not asked for a better daycare for my son.- Katrina B.
I thank all of the YMCA teachers for being such amazing people and for all the great work and lessons they teach to my kids. I remember walking in crying because my kids didn't want to stay at any other place and I was desperately trying to place them at a daycare. I feel so fortunate to have found your organization and your team has been amazing. My kids love to go to the YMCA and for that, I am thankful — your team is truly gifted and has wonderful teachers.- Tamara K.
At the Y, they are warm, welcoming, and care for my little loved ones. They update me with helpful resources and assistance when needed. I am truly grateful for the YMCA staff who have helped me tremendously and made a positive impact on me and my children.- Taylor S.
Explore Early Learning Offerings at Your Local Y
For decades, the YMCA of Metro Chicago has taken great pride in caring for the little ones in our community! If you’re ready to give your infant, toddler, or preschooler the time of their (very young) lives, check out the different Early Learning offerings at the Y closest to you!
Your Health Is Protected at the YMCA of Metro Chicago
At the Y, we’re a community — one that supports and looks out for each other. And when it comes to maintaining a safe and healthy environment, you can be sure that we’re on our game. From deep-cleanings of our spaces to touchless soap dispensers, we’re continually improving to help keep you at your best.